Your Learning Agility can be defined as your ability to develop new, effective behaviour when faced with new experiences. Those who are high on Learning Agility are more likely to actively embrace new challenges, seek out constructive feedback, recognize patterns in unfamiliar situations and effectively engage others in understanding experiences.

Some people are naturally more Learning Agile – embracing ambiguity, uncertainty and mental challenges. Others are more reluctant to venture into the unknown, preferring to stick to the familiar. Neither approach is wrong or right. One thing is clear however - in the face of the increasing pace of change in the workplace, it is important to try and develop your Learning Agility as much as possible.

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The five Learning Agility dimensions:


There are five dimensions to Learning Agility. Most people do not score high on every dimension, but show a unique combination of learning strengths and development areas. The good news is that your Learning Agility is not static, but  – can be developed over time.

Change Agility: People who score high on Change Agility are characterised by a constant curiosity that is fueled by the new and the unknown. They like to experiment and try new things.

Mental Agility: People with a high score on Mental Agility like it when things are unclear or complex, as they enjoy creating clarity with new ideas.

People Agility: Those who score high on People Agility are constructive toward others and are open to people with different backgrounds and opinions. They have a need to understand other people, and tend to take their opinions seriously.

Results Agility: People with a high score on Results Agility have a strong need to be successful and are always looking for the best way to achieve results. They are often ambitious and confident, with a tendency to remain calm under pressure.

Self-awareness: People who score high on Self-awareness know their own strengths and weaknesses, and are development oriented. They are often critical of their own performance and actions. This makes them keen to do things better, and their overall willingness to learn is higher.